A disabled New Mexico actor who has been on shows such as AMC’s Better Call Saul and A&E’s Longmire has admitted to lying about his injury in order to get casting roles, claiming he lost his hand in combat.

Todd Lawson Latourette has come forth and admitted that he lied about how he lost his hand, claiming that he lost his hand while conducting warfare on a foreign shore.

Instead, he said, he took his own hand when he was 17 years of age, while suffering from bipolar disorder.

“I severed my hand with a skill saw,” said Latourette. “The state of my mind was a psychotic episode.”

According to KOB4, the actor said he was hired for many roles -which include The Men Who Stare At Goats and Better Call Saul- because he claimed to be a disabled veteran.

I was dishonorable. I’m killing my career by doing this, if anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that’s not the case,” says Latourette. “I’m ousting myself from the New Mexico Film Industry. And gladly so, just to say what I’ve said.”

While Latourette is clearly remorseful for his shameful -and possibly criminal- act of “stolen valor,” he hopes that some good can come from it in the form of educating people with bipolar disorder.

“The power is in your hands to take your medication in the morning, or at night,” he said. “So that, this, this discourse of my life doesn’t need to necessarily be yours. Because, it happens quick…It happens quick.”

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